Our Affiliate System

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019

Prostate Facts & Myths

About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the five most common cancers in the world. Don’t let common myths stop you from getting the life-saving screening tests you need, when you need them.

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Although only 1 in 10,000 men under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate skyrockets up to 1 in 38 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 15 for ages 60 to 69.

While a family history of prostate cancer doubles a man’s odds of being diagnosed to 1 in 3, the fact remains that 1 out of 6 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is one of the most asymptomatic cancers in oncology, meaning not all men experience symptoms. Many times symptoms can be mistaken or attributed to something else.

The PSA tests measures levels of prostate-specific antigen in the prostate, not cancer. PSA is produced by the prostate in response to something abnormal happening in the prostate. The PSA test is the first step in the diagnostic process for cancer.

Although prostate cancer is a common cause of elevated PSA levels, some men with prostate cancer may even have low levels of PSA. PSA also can be diluted in men who are overweight or obese due to a larger blood volume. In addition, elevated levels can be an indication of other medical conditions.

Undergoing a vasectomy has not been linked to increasing a man’s chance of getting prostate cancer, but a man who has had a vasectomy should have his prostate checked by a urologist more often.

Prostate Facts

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Third-leading cause of cancer deaths in American men

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Four in 10 prostate cancer diagnoses are men younger than 65

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About one of every 39 men will die from prostate cancer

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New cases of prostate cancer each year in the U.S.